A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Know Your Face Shape

As a woman, knowing your face shape can help you choose beautiful hairstyles, makeup techniques, and accessories like sunglasses that complement and flatter your natural features.

Your face shape can also you understand yourself better as well as help you predict how you will age.

There are six main face shapes and they include square, heart, triangle, round, oval, and rectangular. With that knowledge, you can proceed with the steps below to determine the shape of your face.

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1. Gather the following tools: A flexible measuring tape or ruler, a mirror, and a pen and paper are required to record measurements and observations.

2. Clear your face of any hair that can impede your facial characteristics by pulling your hair back. It’s recommended to hold your hair in a ponytail or with a headband.

3. Measure your face: Take the following measurements with your measuring tape or ruler:

  • Forehead: Measure the width of your forehead at its widest point (usually around the hairline).
  • Cheekbones: Measure the width of your cheekbones across the widest part of your face, usually starting from the outer corner of one eye to the other.
  • Jawline: Measure the width of your jawline from one end to the other.
  • Face length: Measure the length of your face from the center of your hairline to the tip of your chin.

4. Analyze the measurements: Compare the measurements you’ve taken to determine which category your face shape falls into. Here are the common face shapes:

  • Oval: The length of your face is approximately 1.5 times longer than its width. Your forehead is slightly wider than your jawline, and your face tapers gently toward your chin.
  • Round: The width and length of your face are nearly equal. Your face has soft, curved lines without many angles.
  • Square: The width of your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are almost equal. Your jawline has distinct angles.
  • Heart: Your forehead is wider than your cheeks, and your cheeks are wider than your narrow chin, which comes to a point.
  • Diamond: Your cheekbones are the widest part of your face, and your forehead and jawline are narrower. Your face is longer than it is wide.
  • Oblong: Your face is longer than it is wide, and your forehead, cheekbones, and jawline are similar in width.ALSO

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5. Consider additional observations: Besides the measurements, there are other features that can help determine your face shape:

  • Forehead: Note whether your forehead is high or low, and whether it is rounded or straight.
  • Cheekbones: Observe if your cheekbones are prominent or more subtle.
  • Jawline: Determine if your jawline is angular or rounded.

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